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2 sentenced in tomato pickers slavery case

Dec. 19, 2008
From left, Geovanni and Cesar Navarrete.
From left, Geovanni and Cesar Navarrete.


11:55 A.M. — Two Immokalee brothers each received 12-year federal prison sentences today for enslaving Mexican and Guatemalan tomato pickers.

Immokalee brothers Cesar and Geovanni Navarrete pleaded guilty in September to what Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Molloy called one of Southwest Florida’s "biggest, ugliest slavery cases ever."

They and other family members were charged with enslaving 12 immigrants from 2005 to 2007.

Earlier this year, two other family members pleaded guilty to lesser offenses and were sentenced.

Ismael and Vilhinia Navarrete will receive their sentences this afternoon.

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